Changing the “obesigenic environment” we currently live in is a major focus of the programme, so working with the food industry and urban designers is a key strategy. Achieving changes at this level means it is easier for the community to make healthy choices around eating and physical activity. The NPA interim steering group has members from health agencies, local authorities, Iwi, Ministry of Social Development, education and sports bodies.
The Nelson Marlborough District Health Board has two main functions:
The following four sections of the NMDHB are represented in the NPA Programme
Primary and Community Division is responsible for developing more integrated and accessible public health, community and primary health care services in the Nelson Marlborough district. The division reflects the board’s intent of moving, over time, the investment from hospital to more community based services. It has a key linkage to PHOs and has the NPA Programme and Public Health Service as part of its structure.
Public Health Service promotes and protects the health of the public through:
Planning and Funding Division is responsible for the allocation and management of health and disability funds, focusing on improving the health status of the district. The focus is on the planning aspects of service provision and the development of innovative purchasing approaches to achieve improved integration of services.
Te Puawai Hauora (Maori Health Unit) is a focus point of Ma-ori health development, providing cultural stability to Ma-ori staff and monitoring Ma-ori health gain within the DHB services. The unit develops strategies and builds effective relationships within communities, working with local Iwi, Maori Health Providers, PHO and Nelson-Marlborough Hospitals.
Heart Foundation is a not-for-profit NGO that funds research and promotes heart health to reduce the rates of cardiovascular disease in New Zealand by encouraging people to make positive lifestyle changes developing environments which make healthy choices easy. The simple but effective message is to eat a heart healthy diet, enjoy regular physical activity and be smokefree. The Foundation’s objectives include:
Kanohi means face in Maori and this is a good description of the inter-sectoral group formed in Marlborough just over two years ago. Our group is made up of different organisations and community groups that meet monthly in Blenheim to work together to improve nutrition and physical activity in the region.
The function of the Iwi Health Board, as described in the Memorandum of Agreement, is to provide governance advice to the NMDHB board on all strategic matters that impact on the health and disability status of Maori in the rohe/ region of Te Tau Ihu o te Waka a Maui through:
“Kia Korowaitia aku mokopuna ki te korowaitanga hauora”
“Healthy whanau are wealthy whanau – achieving our full potential and determining our future”
A 30 year vision has been developed for the district. This long-term vision will make sure that actions developed today will have a positive impact throughout the lives of children born this year.
Iwi Health Board Administrator
Nelson Marlborough District Health Board
Private Bag 18, Nelson Mail Centre, Nelson 7042
Phone: 03 539 3521
Kimi Hauora Wairau – Marlborough Primary Health Organisation was established in January 2004 to deliver the Government’s Primary Health Care Strategy. The PHO works with local communities and enrolled populations in the region’s eight general practices to:
Nelson Bays Primary Health funds services to an enrolled population of 87,126 across the whole of the Nelson and Tasman Districts. The PHO works to achieve the Government’s vision for the provision of Primary Health Care Services by:
Marlborough District Council supports the people of Marlborough in making healthy choices for their own lifestyles, and being physically active. The Council provides parks and reserves, and sporting and recreational facilities across the district, helps ensure a safe environment for active transport choices, and encourages participation in community activities and events.
University of Canterbury, Education Plus contracts with the Ministry of Education to deliver professional development programmes and advice to educators working in schools and early childhood settings. This includes running seminars, courses and school based in depth work to help change practice within schools, based on the recognition that student achievement and health and physical wellbeing are strongly co-related.
The university will help to introduce the new Nutrition Guidelines into schools and to bring teachers up to speed with the new expectations.
Our role is one of social protection and social investment and our staff carry out specialised roles that cover the wide range of work we undertake. Case Managers provide frontline services and our Community Labour Market Team works with community groups to provide funding for employment outcomes. Our Regional Commissioner for Social Development oversees our collaborative work with councils and other government agencies on projects and initiatives that are beneficial to people in the wider community.